Reported by OBJ
A new Sam’s Club coming to Lake Nona’s big new shopping complex is following in the footsteps of its parent company by debuting a unique offering in Orlando.
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) said it plans to feature drive-thru pickup lanes at the new 137,789-square-foot Sam’s Club storethat will be built at the $100 million Lake Nona Landing shopping center on Narcoossee Road near State Road 417.
The retailer offers Sam’s Club Pickup at all its stores, but the Lake Nona Landing store will be the first Central Florida location to have lanes for customers who order online. Customers can drive up to check-in kiosks under a canopy and then park in designated spaces to wait for a worker to bring their merchandise to them.
“We recognize that Lake Nona is a unique, fast-growing community, and our store will be representative of this,” the mega retailer told Orlando Business Journal through a spokeswoman.
Site work began earlier this month on the 470,000-square-foot Lake Nona Landing and its first and largest anchor, a Walmart Supercenter, as previously reported by OBJ.
Sam’s Club, which also will include a fuel service station, is expected to add another 175 permanent positions along with an estimated 100 temporary construction jobs.
Tavistock Development’s Lake Nona Landing brings a much-desired consumer element to the fast-growing, 11-square-mile southeast Orlando community. Lake Nona now boasts more than 10,000 residents, the schools have more than 7,000 students, and the 600-acre Medical City life sciences hub employs nearly 5,000.
Meanwhile, the community’s new 300-acre Sports & Innovation hub, anchored by the $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus, also is quickly taking shape as a new tenant was announced on May 12.